Sunday, December 13, 2020

Azerbaijan Says Four Killed in Recent Karabakh Clashes - Tasnim News Agency

Azerbaijan Says Four Killed in Recent Karabakh Clashes

(Tasnim) – Four Azeri servicemen have been killed in recent weeks in clashes in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, Azerbaijan's defense ministry said on Sunday, in the first report of casualties since a Russian-brokered ceasefire accord.

Separately, authorities in Armenia said six of their servicemen had been wounded in what they described as an Azeri military offensive but did not say when, Reuters reported.

The Baku government said the clashes, which also left two Azeri servicemen wounded, had taken place in an area which fell under its control when the fighting ended on Nov. 10 and swathes of territory in Nagorno-Karabakh previously controlled by ethnic Armenians were handed over to Azerbaijan

Meanwhile, Yerevan insisted that Armenian forces had repelled attempted intrusions into territories supposed to remain under the control of the rebel province's government, namely the Hin Tagher and Khtsaberd villages.

"The provocations of Azerbaijan continued today in the direction of the villages of Mets Shen and Hin Shen in the Hadrut region," Armenia's foreign ministry said in a statement.

Russian peacekeepers deployed in the conflict area have reported no major clashes but said on the weekend there had been one incident of a ceasefire violation.


  1. Russian peacekeeping forces have taken over the control of Hin Tagher village in Artsakh’s Hadrut, after Azerbaijani forces captured and the area during an attack on Saturday that also saw their forces advancing toward other settlements under Armenian control.

    Armenia’s Defense Ministry on Sunday confirmed that Azerbaijani forces had captured the village of Hin Tagher in Artsakh’s Hadrut region after Azerbaijan launched an attack on those positions beginning Saturday morning. The ministry also reported that six Artsakh soldiers had been injured.

    1. The Azerbaijan advance was a clear violation of the November 9 agreement signed by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and the presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan. The agreement ended the military hostilities in Karabakh, but stipulated the surrender of Armenian territories to Azerbaijan. Per the agreement, the two villages that were attacked on Saturday were under the control of Armenians.

      It took the ministry more than 24 hours to make an announcement, while reports of Azerbaijani capturing Hin Tagher was confirmed by local residents, as well as Artsakh Armed Forces on the ground.

      The lack of official information by Yerevan compounded the complexities of the issues, said Edmon Marukyan, the leader of the parliamentary opposition Bright Armenia Party while speaking to reporters on Sunday after an emergency session of Armenia’s National Security Council.

    2. Marukyan told reporters that Azerbaijan’s attack was a clear violation of the first point of the November 9 agreement, which stipulates that the new line of contact between Artsakh and Azerbaijan will be the positions each side occupied at the end of the war. The two villages that were attacked were under Armenian control, although Azerbaijan seems to have other plans in the region.

      According to Armenia’s defense ministry, Azerbaijani forces were also advancing toward the nearby Khtsaberd village, will military operations continuing well into Saturday.

      Russia’s defense ministry acknowledged the ceasefire violations and official Baku announced that four of its soldiers were killed during the operation.

      Russian peacekeepers deployed to Artsakh to monitor the ceasefire were not stationed at the line of contact between Artsakh and Azerbaijan in Hadrut. Hours after the attack, Russian peacekeepers arrived in the region.

      According to Armenia’s Defense Ministry, the Armenian, Azerbaijani and Russian military are currently negotiating the return to the former positions in Hadrut region


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